• Couple from NY, pilot from Conn. onboard crashed Angel Flight from Bedford


    BEDFORD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Investigators say a couple from Utica, N.Y. and a pilot from Connecticut were the three occupants of a plane that crashed after departing from Hanscom Field Friday.

    An FAA official tells FOX 25 the Piper PA 34 crashed about 1/2 mile west of Garoga, N.Y. at about 5:10 p.m. Garoga is a hamlet in the town of Ephratah on the southern border of Adirondack Park.

    The flight was headed to Rome, N.Y., but crashed about 60 miles east of the intended destination.

    Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey confirms two people have died. Investigators continued looking for the third occupant Saturday.

    Officials at the scene of the crash Saturday told a FOX 23 reporter that the couple from Utica was engaged to be married.

    The plane was part of the Angel Flight organization, a non-profit that sets up free air transportation for children and adults who need to travel to receive medical treatment.

    "Angel FlightNE staff and volunteers are tremendously saddened by this tragedy and we all offer our thoughts and prayers to the families of those affected," said Larry Camerlin, founder and president of Angel Flight Northeast.

    Camerlin went on to say there are "no words that can adequately express" their sorrow. He also called the volunteer pilots who transport those who need medical assistance the most "compassionate and generous individuals."

    In August 2008, an Angel Flight crashed in a Hannaford Supermarket parking lot in Easton, Mass. The crash claimed the lives of all three people on board. The small plane was transporting cancer patient Robert Gregory, of Riverhead, N.Y., and his wife, Donna Gregory, to Boston for treatment. A National Transportation Safety Board report claimed the pilot, Joseph Baker of Brookfield, Conn., had not kept his "instrument only" flying credentials up to date and failed "to maintain control of the airplane" while attempting an approach in cloudy conditions.

    The cause of the New York crash remains under investigation.

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